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The following is this week’s issue of the #DTJax Weekly Update e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

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Instagram of the Week 

Photo by @jakegordon

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Wednesday, February 27
Thursday, February 28
Friday, March 1
Saturday, March 2
Sunday, March 3

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife 

Tuesday, February 26
Wednesday, February 27
Thursday, February 28
Friday, March 1
Saturday, March 2
Sunday, March 3
Monday, March 4

 

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#DTJax News

 

 

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Downtown Vision Updates:

 

Thanks to everyone who attended the 4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights!
We couldn’t have done it without our sponsors, event partners, volunteers and silent auction committee. Thank you for all your help!
MOJITO SPONSORS:
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront & VyStar Credit Union
CIGAR ROLLING STATION SPONSOR:
Corner Lot Development Group & Ace Jax
CHIC BOOTH PHOTO LOUNGE SPONSOR:
Live Oak Contracting
VIP LOUNGE SPONSOR:
JWB Real Estate Capital
DAIQUIRI SPONSORS:
Ash Properties
BB&T
Connect Agency
Cowford Chophouse
Danis
Gresham Smith
HDR
JAX Chamber
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
One Enterprise Center
Perdue Office Interiors
Rummel Munz
Sight & Sound Productions
Vestcor
Acuity Design Group
Cecil W. Powell & Company
GATE
Jacksonville Civic Council
Matt Carlucci – State Farm
Miller Electric Company
Moody Appraisal Group
Regency Centers
MEDIA SPONSORS:
Jacksonville Business Journal & 904 Happy Hour
EVENT PARTNERS:
Bellwether
Bold City Brewery
The Bread & Board
City of Jacksonville
Downtown Investment Authority
Intuition Ale Works
Jacksonville Landing
Manifest Distilling
Thank you Vendors:
Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops
DJ James Harper
The Dance Shack
Heart Space 432 (Face Painters)
JC The Cuban Roller Cigar (Cigar Roller)
Maiya Elaine (Live Artist)
Chic Booth Photo Lounge
Les Houpt from The AutoValet
Thanks from DVI!
Mardi Gras Meets #DTJax at NEXT WEEK at Art Walk!
Experience Mardi Gras in Downtown Jacksonville on March 6! Enjoy local art, live music, food trucks, 15+ blocks of programming and 35+ participating venues at #ArtWalkJax.
Highlights:
  • Procession on Laura Street: Bring your noise-makers and meet us at the intersection of Independent and Laura at 5:45 p.m. for a Mardi Gras-inspired procession to the Main Stage in Hemming Park, led by Spice and the Po Boys!
  • Headquarters @ Hemming Park: Enjoy live music by Spice and the Po Boys from 6-8:30 p.m. Be sure to pick up complimentary beads and masks at the Art Walk tent while supplies last. Plus, grab a bite from the Happy Grilled Cheese, HapaLi and Latin Soul Grille.
  • Kids Zone in Hemming Park: Bring the kids to enjoy a magic show by Crossroad Magic, activities by My Gym, jump roping by Jump 4 Jax and face painting!
  • Vagabond Flea @ Hogan Street: Check out this creatively curated market that features local artists, quality makers, upcyclers, vintage and antique sellers, and more on Hogan Street, one block down from Hemming Park.
Want to know more? Details.

 

 

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

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About Downtown Vision:

 

2017-2018 Annual Report
 
Have you ever wondered, “what exactly does DVI do in a year?” 
 
From expanding the Ambassador program by 50% to installing 80,000 LED lights for the “Lights on Laura” installation to topping 100,000 followers on @DTJax social media, check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2017-2018. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
2017 State of Downtown Report
 
It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville! As we watch Downtown potential turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment, and residential trends in this 12-month look at Downtown Jacksonville’s progress. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
 
 
 
2019 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

 
Downtown’s signature monthly event, First Wednesday Art Walk attracts 5,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 35+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars, and businesses. In its 15th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers, and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

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Happy National Margarita Day!

Observed every February 22nd, National Margarita Day is a celebration of that ubiquitous drink made with tequila, lime, and salt.  Variations of the original abound, but the margarita was invented by an Irish-American bartender in Tijuana, Mexico sometime during the 1930s during Prohibition.  During that time, Americans in Southern California would venture over the U.S.—Mexico border to legally imbibe, the tiny town having over 150 separate drinking establishments at the height of the American alcohol ban.  Originally called the “Tequila Daisy,” it was a way to drink tequila without the pesky lime slurping and salt licking, ideal for tourists with more refined tastes.  “Daisy” translates to “margarita” in Spanish, subsequently spread to the menus of the other bars in Tijuana, and eventually over the border into San Diego’s bar scene, once the 18th Amendment was repealed.

Thirsty yet?  If you’re looking for a way to partake in National Margarita Day and celebrate the unanimous popularity of the most common tequila-based cocktail, check out these four #DTJax bars that will be sure to satisfy that Margaritaville itch!

 

Burrito Gallery Downtown | 21 E Adams Street

Of course the proprietors of the term #JaxMex have some serious marg-game!  This Downtown staple has five different kinds of ‘ritas, including a draft option you won’t find anywhere else because it’s made with their house mix.  Try them all, but maybe not all at once.  Safety first, you know.  Details.

 

 

 

 

 

Dos Gatos | 123 E Forsyth Street

If the unique and unexpected is more your taste, check out the signature Orange Jalapeño Margarita at Dos Gatos.  Don’t worry, if you’re not into spicy, Terri from Yelp says: “This drink is suburb! They can and will make it as hot or mild as you want. And just watching them muddle the drink is a show in itself!”  Details.

 

 

 

Myth Nightclub & Element Bistro | 333 E Bay Street

If you’re into the unusual but not so much the capsaicin, head down to Myth on Bay Street and order a St. Germain Margarita.  It’s made the old-fashioned way; with tequila, fresh-squeezed lime and a salt-rimmed glass, but it’s shaken with that most fragrant of liqueurs: St. Germain.  Light, refreshing, floral and fun!  Details.

 

 

 

bb’s Restaurant & Bar | 1019 Hendricks Avenue

Looking for something classy and sassy?  Drop by bb’s on Southbank and indulge in their Signature Margarita, made with Milagro tequila, Agavero orange liqueur, and fresh-squeezed lime with a little simple syrup to keep it sweet.  Come for the margaritas, stay for the desserts!  Details.

 

 

 

 

 

While you’re downtown, check out our Events Calendar for nearby festivities as well as our Directory to learn more about local restaurants, shops and nightlife spots.  If you’re not sure where to park, visit parkdtjax.com for some helpful information!

With the 2019 #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights! right around the corner, you might be wondering “why Havana, Cuba?  What does that have to do with Jacksonville?”  Well, here’s your answer, because #DTJax and Cuba go way back!

Cigar Industry

Cuban immigrants were rolling authentic Cuban cigars in Florida since the early 1830s.  In 1867, the first Cuban cigar factory opened in Key West, but it wasn’t long after that cigar manufacturers began importing Havana tobacco to Jacksonville to process locally and distribute via the Jacksonville Union Terminal, which was the largest in the South upon its completion in 1919.  In 1895 however, Jacksonville was playing host to 15 separate cigar factories and thousands of Cuban immigrants working to make millions of hand-rolled Cuban cigars annually.  Most of these factories were located right on Bay Street, which originally ran directly parallel to the north bank of the St. Johns, in order to be as close to the shipping docks as possible.

Jacksonville’s cigar industry continued to grow steadily until 1924, when an amusing moment took place right in Downtown:

[I]n 1924, Mayor John Alsop noticed a chauffeured Cadillac with an Ohio license plate traveling through town. Seizing the opportunity, he jumped on the car’s running board, introduced himself to the car’s occupant and convinced him to stay overnight in town.

The occupant was cigar maker John Swisher. Swisher was the first cigar manufacturer to install cigar making machinery. Alsop, not only successfully convinced Swisher to bring his machinery to Jax, Swisher also decided to consolidate his 22 Ohio-based cigar factories into one large factory in Jacksonville. The building selected for his operation was a former World War I munitions factory in the New Springfield neighborhood. The large relocation also convinced a major Swisher supplier, the A.S. Ginter Box Company, to move to Jacksonville as well. Ginter’s new factory opened in 1924 across the street from Swisher’s.

Metro Jacksonville

Swisher was able to weather the Great Depression better than the many smaller factories in Jacksonville and was even partially responsible for the closing of many Tampa cigar factories, which couldn’t compete with the sheer volume of product the company released into the market.  Though the company recently made the decision to relocate the manufacturing process to the Dominican Republic, Swisher’s headquarters and distribution center will be staying in Jacksonville, a current link to our storied cigar past.

 

Aiding the Revolt

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Napoleon Bonaparte Broward worked on the St. Johns and up and down the coast of New England before being appointed to Sheriff of Jacksonville in 1888 following the disgrace of the former Sheriff for a massive prison break.  In 1894, he lost his appointment to a political rival and teamed with his brother and a mutual associate to build a steamboat, which they named the Three Friends.  When open revolt against Spain occurred in Cuba, Jacksonville Cubans asked Broward if he would be willing to become a filibuster and smuggle munitions and individuals down to Cuba to aid in the revolt.  He agreed, and made the run several more times, being chased by the U.S. Coast Guard who were tasked with stopping private citizens from disrupting the neutrality officials were trying to maintain, and the Spanish Armada, ordered by Alfonso XIII, King of Spain to sink the Three Friends on sight.  In 1897, the Three Friends was seized by the United States government for carrying illegal cargo.  Broward tried his best to argue an appeal, but the Supreme Court found that, while they could not prove who was responsible for the use of the Three Friends, as the circumstantial evidence of his ownership wasn’t enough to charge him or his associates directly, there was enough evidence to prove that it was used for smuggling, and the vessel and everything on it at the time of seizure was liquidated by the federal government.

 

Camp Cuba Libre

After declaring war on Spain, the United States began a massive recruitment effort to invade Cuba and remove Spain from their own province.  The U.S. was increasingly supportive of anti-colonial Monroe Doctrine, and the public and press were up in arms over the apparent naval mine attack by Spain on the U.S.S. Maine (ACR-1), moored in Havana Harbor.  The U.S. Army was hoping to triple its forces from 25,000 to 75,000, but ended up with a surging influx of soldiers, in all totaling 220,000, about half of whom enlisted the day after the Maine was sunk.  Subsequently, engineers have reported that it was most likely a coal fire that caused the explosive sinking and deaths of 250 U.S. Navy sailors onboard the U.S.S. Maine, but the snap judgments of civilians coupled with the issue of yellow journalism stoked the emotions of Americans calling for war against Spain.  

Due to the massive influx of recruits serving in aid to Cuban efforts to overthrow their 400-year colonial rulers, the Army ran out of room for its forces in Tampa.  It was decided to establish a secondary forward operating base just north of Downtown Jacksonville. Originally called “Camp Springfield,” the U.S. Army claimed 28 square blocks between Main and Ionia, 8th and 1st Streets.

The base was renamed “Camp Cuba Libre” in response to the rallying cry of Americans who supported the Cuban liberation effort.  Spanish for “Free Cuba!” Camp Cuba Libre was only operational for about three months, the entirety of the Spanish-American War. In August of 1898, Spain sued the United States for peace after sustaining dreadful defeats in both the Pacific and Caribbean theaters of operation.  After two months of negotiations during a cessation of hostilities by both countries, both countries signed the Treaty of Paris, with Spain ceding control of the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico to the U.S., as well as granting Cuba independence, though they immediately became a political protectorate of the United States.  The tens of thousands of soldiers left packed up the camp and filled trains at Jacksonville Union Terminal, heading back to their hometowns, or down to Cuba to stabilize the region.  The last soldier left Cuba Libre in January of 1899.

 

 

 

CubanoJax Culture Today

Cubano culture is still vibrant and present in Downtown today.  On Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, The Justice Pub will be hosting the Cien Calaveras [100 Skulls] Cuban Art Show & Fundraiser, an imperative by the Amigo Tattoo Charity to raise funds for Cuban artists who face difficulties getting supplies due to economic challenges.  100 skull shapes were cut out of old skateboards from Amigo Skate and sent to participating artists around the United States to be turned into calavera art and sold at Justice Pub to benefit the charity fund.

So go check out Cien Calaveras while you’re at First Wednesday Art Walk March 6th and support a great cause!

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The following is this week’s issue of the #DTJax Weekly Update e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

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Instagram of the Week 

 

 

 

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Tuesday, February 19
Wednesday, February 20
Thursday, February 21
Friday, February 22
Saturday, February 23
Sunday, February 24

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife 

Tuesday, February 19
Wednesday, February 20
Thursday, February 21
Friday, February 22
Saturday, February 23
Sunday, February 24
Monday, February 25

 

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#DTJax News

 

 

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Downtown Vision Updates:

 

Time is running out! Limited tickets remain for the 4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights

Who says you can’t party for a good cause? Join us on Saturday, February 23 at 6 p.m. and enjoy the world-renowned nightlife of Havana, Cuba – with a #DTJax flair.
  • General Admission: $125
  • Young Professionals (21-35): Individual: $75 | Couple: $125
  • VIP: $250, includes access to VIP Lounge and private bar.
Help us raise funds for the Lively and Beautiful Sidewalks initiative! Last year we raised nearly $40,000 with the help of our amazing sponsors.

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

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About Downtown Vision:

 

2017-2018 Annual Report
 
Have you ever wondered, “what exactly does DVI do in a year?” 
 
From expanding the Ambassador program by 50% to installing 80,000 LED lights for the “Lights on Laura” installation to topping 100,000 followers on @DTJax social media, check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2017-2018. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
2017 State of Downtown Report
 
It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville! As we watch Downtown potential turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment, and residential trends in this 12-month look at Downtown Jacksonville’s progress. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
 
 
 
2019 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

 
Downtown’s signature monthly event, First Wednesday Art Walk attracts 5,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 35+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars, and businesses. In its 15th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers, and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

By: Brooke Lasky, Intern

When: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Where: Cowford Chophouse
Time: The 1 Mile starts at 9:30 AM & the 5K starts at 10:00 AM
Registration: Runners can register to participate in the one-mile fun run for $25 and the MOO-VE IT 5K for $35 here.

This Year’s Event

Cowford Chophouse is proud to announce that its third annual MOO-VE IT 5K will be held downtown on March 2 in remembrance of the late Michael Liles, former executive director of the Justice Coalition. The race will benefit the Justice Coalition, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of innocent victims of crime in the five-county area of Northeast Florida.

The course will start and finish in front of Cowford Chophouse. Participants will run by the Jacksonville Landing and then out and back along the Northbank Riverwalk.

There will also be a post-race block party on Bay and Ocean Streets, which will include music, beer and food for race participants. Medals will be given to all participants and top finishers will be recognized at an award ceremony. Each participant will receive a race bag with specialty items from event sponsors.

Training Program

Additionally, race sponsor Winston Family YMCA has partnered with Cowford to conduct both a “Couch to 5K” and “Couch to 15K” training program for 30 individuals total with 15 in each program. Individuals can sign-up to take part in this six-week training program, including three group running opportunities per week at the Winston Y, as well as additional fitness education sessions. Participants can register by emailing Ryan Parker, Winston Y Healthy Living Director, at rparker@fcymca.org. Space is limited, so sign up now!

These local organizations are coming together to raise awareness and funds for the resources that support those who’ve been impacted by violent crime – and encourage the community to get involved!

Recapping Last Year

Featured: Ashley Lynch 2x champion of MOO-VE IT 5K

Last year, the MOO-VE IT 5K benefited the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center in their
work as the Northeast Florida direct service provider for the Open Doors Outreach Network.

Open Doors is a public-private partnership administered by Voices for Florida, which improves care, coordination and outcomes for commercially sexually exploited and trafficked children and young adults up to age 24. All the funds raised assisted the organization in receiving a grant match for this program!

More information here.

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The following is this week’s issue of the #DTJax Weekly Update e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

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Instagram of the Week 

 

Photo by @cityyearjax

 

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Tuesday, February 12
Wednesday, February 13
Thursday, February 14
Friday, February 15
Saturday, February 16
Sunday, February 17

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife 

Tuesday, February 12
Wednesday, February 13
Thursday, February 14
Friday, February 15
Saturday, February 16
Sunday, February 17
Monday, February 18

 

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#DTJax News

 

 

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Downtown Vision Updates:

 

Time is running out! Limited tickets remain for the 4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights

Who says you can’t party for a good cause? Join us on Saturday, February 23 at 6 p.m. and enjoy the world-renowned nightlife of Havana, Cuba – with a #DTJax flair.
  • General Admission: $125
  • Young Professionals (21-35): Individual: $75 | Couple: $125
  • VIP: $250, includes access to VIP Lounge and private bar.
Help us raise funds for the Lively and Beautiful Sidewalks initiative! Last year we raised nearly $40,000 with the help of our amazing sponsors.

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

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About Downtown Vision:

 

2017-2018 Annual Report
 
Have you ever wondered, “what exactly does DVI do in a year?” 
 
From expanding the Ambassador program by 50% to installing 80,000 LED lights for the “Lights on Laura” installation to topping 100,000 followers on @DTJax social media, check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2017-2018. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
2017 State of Downtown Report
 
It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville! As we watch Downtown potential turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment, and residential trends in this 12-month look at Downtown Jacksonville’s progress. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
 
 
 
2019 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

 
Downtown’s signature monthly event, First Wednesday Art Walk attracts 5,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 35+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars, and businesses. In its 15th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers, and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

Feb
11th
 

By: Brooke Lasky, Intern

Unsure of your plans for Valentine’s Day? No need to stress! We mapped out your whole night with that special someone (or your squad) for a perfect evening in #DTJax.

Head for drinks and appetizers to start off your night right!

The Volstead | 115 W. Adams St.

Head to the Volstead to start off your night. It’s an old-school jazz club vibe and high-end bourbon, whiskey and scotch, have captured the hearts of the coolest happy hour crowd around.

Drop in this Thursday and enjoy drink specials from 4-6 p.m. and then again from 10 p.m. until close! If you are looking for a spark, try their Baked Apple Sazerac. Get ready to sit back and watch the light show—it’s something you’ll have to see to believe!

River and Post | 1000 Riverside Ave. #100 

The latest and greatest place to impress a date with valet service and an unbeatable view of the St. Johns River and Downtown Jacksonville! Including outdoor couches and fire pits that complement the snazzy rooftop bar that serves all the way until 2 a.m. In case of inclement weather, there’s a retractable roof and a connected indoor bar that allows you to still enjoy the view!

Dos Gatos | 123 E. Forsyth St.

If you’re looking for a happy hour with some character, Dos Gatos is the place to be! Dos Gatos is Jacksonville’s original cocktail lounge located directly across from the Historic Florida Theatre. The art of the cocktail is on display nightly as the talented staff create real drinks for people who like real drinks. The most diverse selection of spirits and a healthy beer list, as well. Try one of their signature drinks, the Red Dawn, a modern spin on a classic mule perfect for Valentines Day!

Dinner and a show

Fionn MacCools Irish Pub |2 W. Independent Dr. 

Bring your Valentine to Fionn’s for a three-course dinner special plus wine specials from 5-11 p.m. Make your reservation before Wednesday, February 13 and receive another 25% off (for a TOTAL of 50% off) a bottle of their featured wines, or a bottle of Piper Sonoma Champagne for $25! Details.

NOLA MOCA’s Valentines Day Dinner | 333 N. Laura St.

Enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner with a glass of champagne, free gallery admission and a free Movie on the House film screening of My Beautiful Launderette in the MOCA Theatre. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with dinner and a movie? The experience goes from 5-9 p.m., with the film begining at 7 p.m. So, make your reservations early if you plan to catch the movie! Details.

Make your reservations today for NOLA’s Valentine’s Dinner by calling NOLA MOCA at 904-224-0113.

1904 Music Hall | 19 Ocean St. 

1904 Music Hall Presents: THE WERKS and Custard Pie! This concert is open to all ages and features eclectic music for all. Doors open at 8 p.m. and you can purchase tickets here.

Breezy Jazz Club |119 W. Adams St. 

Join the Breezy Jazz Club as they host their Red and Whites Valentine’s Day event! It’s all about the romance with live jazz with Eric Carter at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door and includes chocolate strawberries and champagne! What’s more romantic than that? Details.

Florida Theatre |128 E. Forsyth St. 

Jo Koy is one of today’s fastest growing comics, selling out comedy clubs and theatres across the country on his Break The Mold Tour. Jo is known for his explosive and infectious energy onstage and this Valentine’s Day, he is performing at the Florida theatre at 8 p.m.! Purchase your tickets now and get ready for a great laugh! Details.

Omni Hotel | 245 Water St.

If you are ready for some dinnertime sleuthing, then check out The Dinner Detective’s shows at Omni Hotel from 7-10 p.m.! This interactive, murder-mystery dinner is a full night of fantastic entertainment.

The evening begins with cocktails and mingling. But be on the lookout, because the murderer will be mingling too. While you enjoy a four-course plated dinner, new clues will come up, new characters will be introduced and everyone will turn into a suspect. Be the first person to figure out who done it, and you could win the “top sleuth” prize for the evening!

Omni Hotel in Downtown Jacksonville also has a Valentine’s Day package that features a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and a full American breakfast! Details.

Intuition Ale Works | 929 E. Bay St.

Come out for a night of hilarious comedy and great local brews from 8-10 p.m. This comedy tour takes top comedians who you’ve seen on TV and sends them out on the road to perform at breweries and wineries throughout the country. Find out which local wines pair best with hysterical laughter when The Brewery Comedy Tour comes to Jacksonville! Details.

Take a walk and enjoy a picnic

If you’re looking for a peaceful and romantic spot for Valentine’s Day to enjoy a nice walk in the park, then take a trip to Hemming Park Downtown! The view gives you a fantastic view of the heart of Downtown Jacksonville and of course some peace and quiet with your sweetheart.

Friendship Fountain is another great option that also offers a beautiful river view! The newly renovated fountain has been the meeting place for many couples over the years. Some locals may even believe the fountain has mystical powers! This park is even a perfect spot for a wine and cheese picnic followed by a walk along the riverbanks watching the city light up!

Valentines Day Sunset Cruise for two!

Join the River Taxi for a Valentine’s Cruise Thursday night from 5-7 p.m. on the St. Johns! Listen to live music by Dave Med Music while enjoying views of a beautiful sunset and sipping complimentary champagne. Details.

Galentine’s Day

Don’t have a boo? No problem! This Valentine’s Day, indulge in a night out with your gal pals and experience all #DTJax has to offer!

Happy Hour

MLG at Sweet Petes| 400 N Hogan St.

Celebrate GALentine’s with your girl squad. Join Sweet Pete’s and MLG for a special happy hour perfect for a little girl time on Wednesday, February 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Each ticket includes Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, two glasses of Prosecco and a Sweet Pete’s Chocolate Tasting. Details.

 

River City Brewing Company’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Party | 835 Museum Cir.

Not a fan of Valentine’s Day? Go celebrate NOT being a fan of Valentine’s Day or being single with The Kalani Rose Duo hosted by River City Brewing Company from 5:30-9:30 p.m.! Head to their website for a close look at their Valentine’s Day Pre-fix menu! Details.

While you’re in the neighborhood, check out our Events Calendar for everything going on in #DTJax as well as our Directory to learn more about all the restaurants, shops and nightlife spots to enjoy. And of course, if you’re coming downtown and don’t know where to park (over 43,000 parking spots), don’t worry! Check out parkdtjax.com for helpful information (‘cause we’ve got your back!).